The award-winning Park Center marching band is headed in a new direction. For the first time since its inception, the band is shifting its focus from parades to field performances.
"This was a big change for the kids and a big change for the program," said Wade Schroeder, Park Center band director.
The Pirates marching band will now perform during halftime shows at football games and other athletic events. The Pirates made the change this summer to allow more people to see their shows. Normally the band performs in parades all across the state, making it hard for hometown fans to see them.
"I like this better because our school gets to see us, and that's a big deal performing for our peers," said band member Grant Engeman.
The Pirates will still sound and look the same for the most part, but band members will have to adjust to different marching orders.
"There are different techniques that we had to learn this year. Field marching is different from parade marching," said band member Dara Vang.
Some say this style of marching allows for more creativity.
"You get to work on choreography in the Fall show," said band member Aaron Macmurdo.
Others like the old way of doing things.
"I kind of like the parade better, it's more physical," said band member Michael Stansberry.
But everyone agrees, the marching band is not just about performing, it's also forming friendships.
"This is my first year and I met a lot of cool people and had a lot of fun," said band member Trin Curry.
The Pirates will continue to participate in band competitions. Officials say the costs are about the same for both marching band methods.
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